John Lewis Broadband Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for John Lewis Broadband.

Overall Customer Ratings for John Lewis

  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.9 stars

Based on 2754 customer ratings since 2012-08-04 (Show recent ratings)

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683 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

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within days of signing up they informed me of a price increase. so for 10+ montha i have had to pay an extra £2 per month. under new rules i could have cancelled but i had already paid the connection fee of around £70. now my contract is nearly at an end and i have contacted via account query 3 times and not even an acknowledgement. would definitely not recommend....i am going direct to plusnet who at present dont increase charges during initial contact.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
dorset John Lewis Broadband  
Avoid!!! Total bunch of wastemen, seemingly unable to do a housemove,took nearly a month with no Internet, excuse after excuse,always blaming 'the system'
Ended up cancelling and going with another company and at a better price
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
Sussex John Lewis Broadband  
I placed an order for a connection and router one month ago. Money was immediately taken from my account and then... silence... Any questions asked in the online query system they recommend go ignored, the average hold time on the phone is 30+ (with potentially the worst hold music I have ever heard), customer service tends to just tell you its all going to be sorted and to wait 24 hours, and proceed to do nothing about the problem. I've now jumped ship and am trying another company with no sign of a refund happening any time soon.

Funnily enough when I phoned to cancel the agent on the other end was more than happy to, the entire call took no more than 2 minutes. He sounded like he wanted to die.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Dundee John Lewis Broadband  
Not a good experience, never got service.
Did my order by phone as web method redirected me to a phone number when ordering the most basic (10Mb) service.
Lost all trace of my order, but had already taken the initial month's payment on a credit card. Then it took a month to get that refunded.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Berkhamsted John Lewis Broadband  
I swapped to John Lewis broadband because I (mistakenly) believed it to be the same quality as everything else about John Lewis... how wrong can you be!
Had no issue with changeover (other than router arriving only the afternoon before changeover date, which had me fretting). Since then two major problems appeared:
1- speed has dropped, even though ping tests indicate about 35-37Mps. iPlayer sometimes hangs, which it didn't with the previous supplier (SSE).
2- they don't want to take the DD payment, even though there's plenty of money in the account. Each month I try paying on line - it doesn't work (can't access the payment area) so I have co call and pay by card.
The people on the phone are great, but the rest of it is utter rubbish.
Pity. John Lewis has such a great reputation as well.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Ashford John Lewis Broadband  
I have ordered the broadband in June. 2 months later, with a response time of 2 weeks on average they still don't know when I could expect to receive it.
Thus far they have missed 4 of their "deadlines"
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leicester John Lewis Broadband  
SHOCKING. SHCOKING SHOCKING. AVOID AVOID AVOID. SIGNED UP FOR BROADBAND AND LANDLINE PACKAGE OVER 4 WEEKS AGO AND STILL NOT CONNECTED!!!!!
Everytime I phone (in queue for ages with depressing crackly music. then told it is all getting sorted. They make up some twoddle and tell you it is being sorted. Then Nothing. So I phone back to find out what is happening RE the lack of connection& landline. Same old story - am in phone queue, then get lied to, and nothing happens again. They are using Covid as an excuse, just like so many other companies are. Thought better of a JL service :( Am off to meditate now to reduce my stress and fed-up levels :) )
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
uk John Lewis Broadband  
I think it is diabolical that I have been waiting 3weeks from when I applied and still do not have the internet every 2dayss I phone and I’m told I have to wait 48hrs then 48hours later I’m told 48hrs then 48 hrs later the same,I totally broke down and had to have a crisis team to come out as you had totally broke me,I still have no internet! It’s terrible to treat people like this especially in isolation
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Essex John Lewis Broadband  
Terrible customer service. Delayed installation of broadband for over a month so ended up cancelling and going with another provider.
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Ringwood John Lewis Broadband  
The worsed ever. They are so bad I cant believe it. They lie to you saying someone will be coming out and the fault will be sorted by the end of the day. Then I phone the next day and they say oh well no one has come out. The message wasn't even passed on. Lie after lie. Never ever again. They waisted hours of my time on the phone and I got know where. So angry with them. Dont waist your time
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sy59ja John Lewis Broadband  
Same as all the others...dreadful nonexistent service. List my initial order so it took over 3 weeks to get connected...only it then didn't work. Takes an hour to get through to support...they then cant fix it and font call back as promised. Needed an Openreach engineer eventually who commented theyd turned the speed right down. A week later, after several drop outs and a painfully slow service.. apparently I shouldn't expect to rely on wifi!!!...I have no internet and they think a faulty router. I'm off to EE to buy their mobile internet. ADVISE NOBODY USES JOHN LEWIS INTERNET...well actually you cant as it doesnt work!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Plymouth John Lewis Broadband  
The worst broadband company I have ever had.
Since I’m with them, the internet was slow always.
Now I’m moving out so I had called them, and I said to switch the internet off with the End of the month 31st!!
They switched it off at the 13th and they said it would take 2 weeks until they can switch back on.
I’m moving gout that time, I can’t do my home office for 2 weeks. Very poor customer service and very disappointing!!!

Don't recommend it to anyone!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh John Lewis Broadband  
Not such thing as “Outstanding Costumer Service”
They pride themselves on having “outstanding costumer service” but all I got was a pack of lies and a complete disinterested service. At a time when internet is a fundamental need for many people we had a fault which lasted over ten days. They booked a technician out on day two which could not find the problem and the second one was sent 5 days after. In the meantime, they lied to us as we were told that another technician went by but, once again, he could not find the issue. Moreover, everyday I was told they would call us back with an update but NOBODY ever did. I had to call John Lewis about 8 times. When, finally, the technician arrived to try and sort the problem, he told us that nobody was there before him beside the very first person on day two. He did some work and we got some sort of connection back but it kept cutting off constantly. Useless.
In order to be able to work, in the end, we had to buy a EE mobile broadband service. EE was the best thing we got out of it as the speed is remarkable considering we live in an area with a general low speed internet service (is more expensive of course). Our first encounter with EE costumer service was also a positive one. However, it is all a scam as BT owns John Lewis broadband as well as Plus-net so it is all run by the same people who wants our money and offer bad service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Epping John Lewis Broadband  
I am literally a kindly guy for everything in my life, while as a trader and computer engineer, the break frequency of network is the only thing that I cannot bear. The funniest thing is that the exchange is not crash when the stock rapidly down while my network done that. So I am never ever recommend this network, I also not suggest the computer related one use it service especially for woking from home. Also, TBH, the network is not have any advantage on price as well.(P.S. This is the longest review I have written my life)
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
glasgow John Lewis Broadband  
Please do not waste your time and money on this fraud company. I placed a request on 24 July for switch and they deducted money from my account same day. Even after multiple followups, no updates at all. Customer Care experience is dreadful. After holding the line for 25 minutes I managed to connect to one CC representative. The frustrating thing was that without asking anything on the query, he transferred to another section, which in turn went to never ending background music. Quoting 2-3 query id's for reference - 204XXXX44,204XXXX21,204XXXX34
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Romford John Lewis Broadband  
This has honestly been the most painful customer service experience that I have ever had. I would not use John Lewis Broadband if it were the last company on earth. Initially, they cut off my existing provider but failed to connect my phone and broadband to a new service. We have been without a phone or broadband now for 3 weeks. We have lost our old phone number and I have spent in excess of 20 hours on the phone trying to resolve the issue. This mainly consists of being on hold because no one picks up the phone. So far this morning I have been on hold for 2 hours and 20 minutes and no one has picked up. I did try the new customer option and that was picked up in 1 minute and 15 seconds but a very rude female told me I had chosen the wrong option and transferred me mid sentence - I am currently on hold again and have been for the past 46 minutes. It seems that after the initial call to get your business, there is absolutely no customer service at all. I would rather boiL my eyeballs in acid than have broadband installed by John Lewis.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Amersham John Lewis Broadband  
I didn't believe all the bad reviews because I'm the kind of person that normally just gets on with things but this has been an awful process.

They haven't connected the internet, nobody can tell me when it will be connected, every time I call there's a different answer or problem. Nobody replies to the written complaints and I've been lied to multiple times.

It feels like they're gaslighting me.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Finchley John Lewis Broadband  
We've had a huge problem with our John Lewis/Plusnet broadband since May and it's now August. Appalling customer service, refused to send out Engineer and every time I call them, they go from the beginning again ...."I'll run a test on the line"....."Oh, yes, it's falling out"...they refused to send a new router but when they finally did, the problem still continued. I've lost business because of it, as I can't work from home with this rubbish. What am I paying for? I daren't swap suppliers at the moment incase I fall down a big hole of helplessness and no-one then takes responsibility. Avoid. I expected more from John Lewis and this whole saga has changed my impression of the company. We had problems last year too. Cheap skates.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Absolutely disgusted with this service. They were quick enough to take my money. Not had any confirmation, still waiting even though the 3 dates I provided have now been and gone. I want to cancel but can't get through on the phone. Avoid!!!!!!
Ramsgate John Lewis Broadband  
John Lewis (JL) mismanaged my account for a year, then kept wildly overcharging on each bill (not even emailing me bills, but just plonking them on an online account that I didn't realise existed), stopping my internet, etc. After months of this, I paid up for longer than needed & switched provider. But JL continued charging monthly for months, even though I'd left, & threatened me with debt collectors. After much stress, JL finally accepted there was no debt, gave miserly compensation, & promised they'd told their debt collectors to cease pursuing. But after a couple of months, the 'debt' reappeared with letter from JL saying they'd instructed PCS to collect. Suddenly being harrassed again by JL, credit rating threatened, & now PCS harrassing me also. The nightmare continues... will I ever be rid of them?
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
England John Lewis Broadband  
Price increased within a few months. Informed me via email that unfortunately I didn't get as it went into my junk. Please note that all their other emails come into my inbox!
Coverage was poor and service satisfactory.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
surrey John Lewis Broadband  
PLease be warned! I took this contract on the back of the John Lewis name and reputation.Within 1 week of my contract they informed me of a price increase - the offer is just a hook!
They then, when I cancelled, decided I owed them over £90.00 for the privilage of being conned!! - beware and do not touch this offer, it is not real or sincere. Customer services will be rude and dismissive.m Worst broadband experience of my life!!!!!
PLEASE AVOID AT ALL COST.
  • Reliability
    3 stars
North Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
They give you the worst possible speeds until you call them and ask them to fix it. They then feed you some technobabble jargon that even they clearly don’t understand and unthrottle your speeds. Then if you power ever goes out or if you need to unplug your router for whatever reason. You’ll have to do all of it again. Couldn’t recommend less.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South London John Lewis Broadband  
Just completed my 14 day initial period and everything is working how it should with the promised speed. Had to contact customer services at one point and Mahmood was very helpful and polite and got everything on track. So far so good even in the middle of Covid-19.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Romford John Lewis Broadband  
Awful. Very slow speeds and we have currently been cut off with no internet for 9 days and the same thing happened last year for 10 days. They are just Plusnet rebranded, who in turn are BT, but I have stopped shopping at John Lewis and Waitrose as a result.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Thatcham John Lewis Broadband  
Don't.
We have been struggling with our JL broadband service from joining. Inconsistent connections and slow speeds are what you eventually are bound to. PLEASE read the Terms and conditions... they DO NOT GUARANTEE WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY. Which basically says it all.
Unfortunately we are going to have to pay for the remainder of our term but are looking to another provider to switch asap. Not worth it.
Disappointed in John Lewis, we joined with good faith in the brand.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham John Lewis Broadband  
They pick up the phone when you're placing an order, once you have a problem with it you're placed on indefinite hold till you give up. Beyond ****.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Birmingham John Lewis Broadband  
Joined JL 3yrs ago and it has up till now been good. However it is now abysmal fault calls being ignored even though when the contract was agreed for minimum 3mbs ( the most we could get at the time)they now say they have re-written the contract down to .9mbs ( no notice given) currently it won,t even register to test. This is how they treat key worker 2hr requirement needs!
AVOID AT ALL COSTS they could not care less. PLUSNET have to be one of the worst
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
MISTLEY John Lewis Broadband  
I changed to JL broadband after daytime connectivity issues with my previous supplier during lockdown. JL broadband is, if anything, worse than my previous connectivity and is problematic not only during the day but in the evenings too. Furthermore, one of the features offered by JL at sign up was a JL gift voucher, which has not materialised after two months since signing up with them.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Oxfordshire John Lewis Broadband  
BE WARNED! This is John Lewis in name only. I was tempted by what seemed like a good price and by the JL reputation for quality and customer service. Once you've signed up John Lewis drops out - the contract is with plusnet.
Slow broadband and regular loss of signal. Customer service is terrible - if you can get through!
A big mistake. The worst ISP I have ever experienced.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Signed up so I would be able to work from him as soon as I had moved in. Was told I would be called regarding my complaint. Never was. It turns out they didn’t put the order through so lost £££ in buisness. As way of compensation I was offered 2months free internet but still paying line rental (so about £6 off) very annoyed. Internet isn’t even reliable or strong. Wish I could get out of this now but can’t.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Taunton John Lewis Broadband  
When I moved house I called JL to take the boradband to the new address. 2 weeks later I was expecting it to be working. When it wasn't I called to find out why only to be told the order had not been put through their system. I was told someone would call me to rectify this - they did not and when I called back to try and re-order the broadband package, I spoke to someone who was very patronising and not at all apologetic. I gave up and signed up with someone else as I felt the experience had been so poor.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Canterbury John Lewis Broadband  
Have been a customer for phone/broadband for a few years with no problems. However, this all changed when I tried to upgrade my connection to fibre. Placed my order on 3rd June and as of today, (25th June)I have, at the moment no internet whatsoever. It is too painful to re-live the problems here but briefly, after activation, (which was late due to the order being incorrectly cancelled at their end|), my speed dropped from 1.7 mgps (ordinary broadband) to 0.4 mgps, ('fast fibre'). I have contacted John Lewis every day for the past 3 weeks; I have always been the one who has needed to be pro-active otherwise we wouldn't have even got this far. As we all know, John Lewis ride on the back of PLusnet, who are currently doing all they can to trash the brand. My only hope is that this continues for another week or so and my contract will become cancellable due to their inability to provide the promised product.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Halesworth John Lewis Broadband  
Still waiting for connection JL have no effective communication links with BT who supply the infrastructure service and as a key worker moving home I needed my BB ASAP to maintain my NHS role during my 1st week off since COVID -19 . A request by JL to BT to expedite my connection was made but declined as I had a live service ... live meaning the previous owner had a connection but not one I could ever use or access so I actual fact very dead ( sounds very much like a Monty Python sketch) Now after 2 weeks I’m still waiting for my BB as they also forgot to send out the router.
This was the only utility I had any problems with during my move and not only very inconvenient but time consuming meant where I should have been able to work from home whilst getting straight I couldn’t . Ever hopeful of one day getting a connection but STILL WAITING.......
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Worcester Park John Lewis Broadband  
Cancelled TalkTalk and the JL router didn't work so no internet for 6 days. Lost £kkk's in business and they gave £10 compensation.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Tiverton John Lewis Broadband  
Never had any issues with speed or connection. Got a free google home mini for joining. Some small issues setting up due to disconnect in processes: open reach don’t leave until it is working, but JL said they don’t activate until they’ve left and marked it done. Called up JL and got open reach to speak to them. They raised the price a few pounds after around 6 months which was annoying. And it gives you the option to change payment details online but it didn’t work so I connected JL and they said it can’t be done online.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Plymouth John Lewis Broadband  
AVOID IF YOU CAN!! I have tried to set up a fibre installation with them. We agreed on a date for the engineer to come (within 5 days) but suddenly decided to change the visit up to 2 weeks later (without asking me for permission). This is completely unprofessional. I called them back and they tried to explain it with the National situation. Well we all understand what is happening with the virus at the moment So just tell me the truth from the beginning don’t lie to me. How can I trust a company who lies. They are 100% unreliable. The only positive thing is that I could cancel my account as quick as I created it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
How this company has a license to even advertise broadband is beyond me .
When I first set up my connection well in advance they couldn't even get that right. After being lied to numerous times telling me I am connected which was simply not true. When calling the so called customer services to find out why my connection hadn't happened I was just palmed of with a load of jargon of technical rubbish. Also without being rude or shouting they will just simply hang up on you when they can't give you a reasonable answer.
Thankfully out of contract with them and never to return. I would advise anyone looking for a reputable Broadband supplier never sign up with John Lewis.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Ashington John Lewis Broadband  
New customer rang Customer services as charged £96.00 instead if £26.00 contract fee. Told extra was because I had cancelled my contract, completely untrue. Customer services said someone their end must have done, it had happened before. Said he would sort and then was transferring me to another department re the cancellation, hung on for over 20mins, I rang off. Rang customer services back, same result, rung off again, rang customer service again,phone put down on me. Rang again this time lady said she would sort and yes I was due a refund of £70.00 as I had not cancelled. Email arrived I would get a refund of £48.22. . Again rang customer service to be told refund comes in two parts, a manager has to authorise the rest and i would get email. 5 days later no such email has arrived. I still have no idea whether my contract will be ended or whether they have corrected this. My last resort is I have written to their office in Sheffield, recorded delivery. Hoping for a personal contact who can sort this problem.Customer support hopeless and frustrating. Not worth bothering with.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Warmington John Lewis Broadband  
I have just switched to John Lewis broadband, the whole set up was so simple and I have a good fast connection at less than half that I was paying bt which is ridiculous considering bt own plusnet which is who John Lewis is supplying, the trouble with bt is they give great deals for new customers but ignore loyal customers, I won't go back to them, ever.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
West Rudham Norfolk John Lewis Broadband  

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